Katsina State has established specialised courts following the enactment of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition, VAPP, Act and the Child Protection Law aimed at expediting the resolution of such cases.

The Chief Judge, Justice Musa Danladi Abubakar made the announcement after Governor Dikko Umaru Radda ceremonially assented to both laws earlier on Friday.

Commending the governor’s leadership and commitment to human rights, Justice Danladi acknowledged the importance of not only enacting strong laws but also ensuring their effective implementation through dedicated enforcement mechanisms.

Stressing the Quran’s clear provisions for protecting women and children, Justice Danladi lamented the frequent disregard for fundamental rights.

He described the newly established courts as “a pivotal step towards upholding human rights” and expressed confidence in their ability to address GBV and child abuse with sensitivity and swiftness.

Highlighting the urgency of action, the Chief Judge cited recent distressing incidents, including a high-profile assault on a lawyer’s wife.

To combat such occurrences, he unveiled a dedicated hotline for reporting violence across the state.

Still drawing on Quranic teachings, the Chief Judge underscored the sanctity of all life and the collective responsibility to safeguard it.

Applauding Governor Radda’s proactive approach, Justice Danladi commended the creation of a steering committee to oversee the implementation of the laws.

He urged all stakeholders, including religious leaders, community members, and law enforcement agencies, to actively participate in enforcing those crucial protections.

Katsina govt establishes special courts for GBV, child abuse cases

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